HP intros EVA3000 starter kit
This month, Hewlett-Packard began shipments of a "starter kit" version of its StorageWorks EVA3000. A 1TB version of the 2Gbps Fibre Channel disk array is priced at $42,000 and includes two controllers, eight 146GB Fibre Channel disk drives (10,000rpm), two host licenses, and OpenView Storage Operations Manager (OVSAM) software. The system can scale to 16TB and is targeted at first-time SAN adopters. HP officials claim that the bundled system is 25% less expensive than purchasing components and software separately. HP will sell the EVA3000 starter kit direct to end users and through its reseller channel.
Separately, HP announced that Fibre Attached Technology Adapted (FATA) disk drives are available for all of its StorageWorks EVA disk arrays. The drives combine a Fibre Channel interface with low-cost (ATA-like) drive mechanisms. HP, Hitachi Global Storage Technology, and Seagate developed FATA drives. FATA is HP's term for the disk drives, which are sometimes referred to as "hybrid" drives by other vendors.
HP has also begun shipments of the StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1500, which supports either SCSI or Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives behind a single controller shelf, as well as a low-end MSA20 disk array with SATA drives. www.hp.com.
SATA product roundup
The onslaught of products based on the Serial ATA (SATA) disk interface continued last month. For example, Advanced Technology and Systems Co. (ADTX) announced that it has integrated its 2U, eight-bay SCSI-based P Series of SATA RAID arrays with Ultera's Systems MirageVL Virtual Tape Controller to create a virtual tape library (VTL). Pricing starts at $9,837. The company claims backup-and-restore rates of up to 400GB per hour. www.adtx.com/us.
Exanet announced SATA support for its ExaStore system, which is based on a grid architecture. A two-node high-availability configuration is priced from $12,500 per terabyte. www.exanet.com.
RAID Inc.'s 3U Raven subsystem supports iSCSI and Gigabit Ethernet (two ports) and SATA drives and can scale up to 7TB. www.raidinc.com.
Last month, Xyratex began shipments of its 4200 FC-SATA (Fibre Channel to SATA) expansion JBOD to OEMs. The 3U, 16-drive subsystem provides up to 5TB, or up to 35TB when integrated with Xyratex's 4200 RAID array. The company claims performance of up to 760MBps. www.xyratex.com.
NetEx accelerates data over IP
NetEx recently began shipments of its HyperIP R5, a software accelerator that speeds up data movement over IP-based WANs. The company claims performance of 480Mbps (a 200% boost over the previous release of HyperIP), elimination of TCP/IP degradation issues associated with distances greater than 200 miles (320km) and packet loss, and a throughput increase ranging from 300% to 1,000% compared to standard IP networks. (With block-level compression, the company claims an additional 2x to 15x throughput increase.) In addition to performance increases, the R5 version of HyperIP includes application-specific proxy mode support.
The HyperIP appliance (with Linux-based software) is qualified with data-protection applications such as EMC's SRDF Adaptive Copy and SRDF/A, Network Appliance's SnapMirror, Veritas' Volume Replicator and NetBackup, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, MS Exchange NetBIOS, Oracle's DB Rsync, NSI's DoubleTake, as well as McData's iFCP protocol and the iSCSI and FTP protocols. No changes are required to servers, storage controllers, applications, or network devices. MSRP starts at $19,740. www.netex.com.
Excel ships NAS filer
Excel/Meridian Data's 1U DataNAS Director NAS filer includes a Pentium 4 processor; 512MB to 2GB of memory; dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces; SmartSync remote mirroring and data synchronization, backup/restore, and distribution; RAID 0, 1, 5, and JBOD options; snapshots; replication; support for iSCSI; and support for tape backup devices. www.excelmeridian.com.
FilesX speeds data recovery
FilesX recently announced the general availability of its disk-based Information Recovery Platform, Xpress Restore. The platform reportedly streamlines the data-recovery process and allows users to restore servers from bare-metal, volume, files, application data, and overall systems. An Xchange Restore module enables fast recovery of individual e-mails, mailboxes, attachments, contacts, notes, and calendar data. The platform allows users to tailor data backup to specific business requirements and to respond quickly to data loss and/or corruption. Unified Restore technology enables granular recovery of all types of data through a Windows-based console. www.filesx.com.
Acronis upgrades True Image
Acronis recently launched version 8 of its True Image disk imaging and backup software. The new release allows users to create the exact disk images for complete file and system backups. New features include the ability to exclude paging, hibernate files from the disk image, and prioritize the disk imaging process in order to balance PC performance between disk imaging and other applications. The software also allows users to verify disk images before executing restore commands and to perform file-system checks after restoring images. Suggested list price is $49.99. www.acronis.com.